Clark V. Fox (1946-, a.k.a. Michael V. Clark) started making art full time in Houston, Texas at age 5 and has never slowed down since. “Art chose me: I’m an American Indian, and Indians make stuff. My father carved. My mother painted. when I was five, I’d go up and down the street trying to sell my small paintings. By high school, I was a full-scale artist selling my pieces at the shopping malls.”
Fox studied with Japanese art master Unichi Hiratsuka (1895-1997) at the Japan-American Society of Washington DC 1964-1965. He studied fine art and took a figure drawing class with the painter Lennart Anderson (American, 1928-) at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn 1965-1966, and painted on projects with the color field painters Gene Davis (American, 1920-1985) and Thomas Downing (American, 1928- 1985).
Fox received his Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) from the Corcoran College of Art and Design where he studied from 1966-1968. He subsequently taught there from 1968-1970. “Much of my work is political and socialistic but incorporates classical art traditions of still life color, and portraiture. In the 60’s, my still life studies of oranges were done as a meditation on form and color, but they were also my tributes to the Mexican migrant workers making less than $1.00 a day selling oranges on the highway.”
“Often referred to as the “Godfather of Modern Underground Art,” Clark V. Fox emerged a made man in the art world of the 1960’s as the youngest acknowledged member of the notorious Washington Color School. Frustrated by the restrictions of the movement the young art capo developed his now signature association of pop, pointillism and left of left politics.” Ron English, 2009
Any idea of organized education was abandoned to work against the war in Vietnam. He copied portrait paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He considers himself largely self taught. Eventually, in 1992, he founded and directed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington DC from 1992-2006.
“I lived in modern art history. I argued about art with Julian Schnable. I painted for Gene Davis and Tom Downing. I hung out with Rivers, Rauschenberg, and Warhol…Now I’m up in my years. The scene today is totally different. But most people who will go for my work aren’t even been born yet… My church is art; it’s a sacred trust. I’m competing with the ages now, not with the artists of the moment.”
Fox moved to New York city in 1970 and currently lives and works there and in Los Angeles.
His work is in several collections – private and institutional.